But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. 2 Pet. 3:8-10 (NIV)
There are two dates I look forward to living long enough to experience. The first is 2033. Christ would have ascended 2000 years prior to that date. The other is October 22, 2044. The Great Disappointment as well as the reassessment as to what took place on that date, the beginning of the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary, will have started 200 years prior to that date.
Even if I don't live to see those dates, others will, hopefully, find this post and think of someone who wanted to be alive on those two separate dates. To you of the future who are reading this, I wish you greater faith and a newness of vision as you make sense of the next thousand years of waiting for the Lord's return.
Might there not be similar written hopes left behind from believers looking forward to 1033 as well as forwards to October 22, 1944? What, if anything, did they wish for those who lived, and died in either of those years?
No doubt most of those who would have read those documents years before those anniversaries came to pass, scoffed at the thought that Earth's history would ever experience such unlikely years as 1033, as well as, October 22, 1944.
We are a species that was born to wait. We live our lives waiting. We will die waiting. At least we have each other as we wait and hope for new beginnings.